Barley does contain gluten, so you have to cut it out if you’re going gluten-free. Sorry to bring you the bad news.
Gluten is found in barley, wheat, rye and oats. Some dispute oats, but you’re safer to include it on the list if you are celiac.
Barley is in quite a few things. Many types of beer are made with barley (or wheat, or both). It can be found in breads and cereals, which often contain barley or barley malt.
Barley containing foods
Some foods that may contain barley include the following. Always check ingredients. Some brands may contain barley, while others are free of it. With some brands it may depend on the flavour.
- Hot dog buns
- Hamburger buns
- Some pie crust
- Bread crumbs
- Potato chips
- Instant breakfast mixes
- Cocoa mixes
- Brown rice syrup
Malt and maltodextrin may be derived from barley.
Avoiding gluten means more than just avoiding wheat. Wheat is the most common source of gluten, but remember to watch out for oats, barley and rye.
Processed foods have all sorts of unlikely ingredients, so don’t be fooled by common sense, always read labels.
Always ask at restaurants. Many restaurants know about gluten and wheat, but may miss barley as an gluten-contributing factor.
Staying gluten-free can be like crossing a mine field, but if you have a gluten allergy or are celiac, it is well worth the effort.
What is your experience with a gluten-free diet and barley?